Ah, summertime. That wonderful season of the year when we can enjoy the sunshine and fresh air with friends and family. One way to make the most of it is by gathering around a delicious BBQ grill to share some good times.
But what happens when that grill gets dirty? In this article, we’ll show you how to clean your grill with ease so you can get back to enjoying those moments with your loved ones.
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Grab some rubber gloves, wire brush, an old sponge, a bucket of warm water, and some mild dish soap. You may also want to pick up some grill cleaner from your local hardware store if you have particularly tough grime or grease buildup on your grill. Once you have everything together, it’s time to get down to business!
Remove and clean grates and accessories
Remove the grates and accessories from your grill. If your grill consists of multiple parts, take a picture of how it is assembled. This will help you put all parts back together as they’re supposed to be. Now that you have the opportunity, check for any damage that might need repairing or replacing.
Use a metal brush or spatula to scrape off any remaining food particles stuck on the grates. Be careful not to press too hard; you don’t want to damage the metal. Once everything is scraped off, use a damp cloth and soapy water to gently remove any stubborn bits of residue.
Finally, once all the scrapings are gone and everything is nice and clean, rinse off your grates with warm water. Dry them off with a separate towel.
Clean inside of the grill
Start by removing all the ash, grease and food particles from your grill with a wire brush. Once all the debris has been removed, spray on an appropriate cleaner or degreaser to the interior walls of your grill (including underneath). Allow it to sit for 10-15 minutes before scrubbing down with a damp sponge or rag.
Finally, wipe away any cleaner residue with a damp cloth and rinse with warm water until completely clean.
If you have a picture of how your grill was assembled, you shouldn’t have any problems with putting it back together. If you don’t have a picture, the grill only contains a few parts so it shouldn’t be a huge problem.
Make sure they’re replaced correctly and securely. Then replace the lid of your grill and check that all screws are tightened properly before lighting it up again.
Finally, check that all the knobs are back in place and functioning correctly. This is an important safety step before using your grill again so don’t skip it!
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How to maintain a clean grill
After all the hard work that goes into cleaning a grill, it’s important to keep it in tip-top shape. To ensure your grill looks and performs at its best, here are a few tips on how to maintain cleanliness
- Clean after each use – This is the key to keeping your grill clean. After grilling, scrape off any residue with a wire brush and wipe down with an oiled cloth.
- Cover when not in use – A good cover will help protect your grill from dirt, debris and moisture that can cause rusting or other damage.
- Avoid air drying – Never leave your grill wet after cleaning as this can speed up corrosion of parts and reduce the life of your grill significantly.
- Clean regularly – Ideally you should give your grill a thorough clean every 2-3 months depending on how often you use it. This will help keep it looking great and prevent rust from building up over time.
It’s incredible to think that grills are used more than any other kitchen appliance in Canada – almost 70% of Canadians own one! That’s why learning how to clean a grill is so important; it helps us keep our appliances in great condition and ready for use when we need them.
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